Naval Safety Center




Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)

5 U.S.C. § 552, As Amended

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or three exclusions. The FOIA applies to records created by Federal agencies and does not cover records held by Congress, the courts, or state and local government agencies. Each state has its own public access laws which should be consulted for access to state and local records.

Note: On October 2, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA). E-FOIA will make it possible for individuals to make FOIA requests via e-mail and, in some cases receive the requested information electronically.


To provide access to the Department of the Navy’s safety investigation reports and mishap data through a citizen-centered service and a results-oriented Freedom of Information Act program in accordance with all Federal laws and Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of the Navy regulations. To create an effective knowledge-sharing environment throughout the FOIA community using technological tools while safeguarding sensitive information in response to FOIA requests. The Naval Safety Center’s FOIA staff is committed to providing the public with excellent customer service as well as access to the publically releasable portions of agency documents in accordance with the appropriate laws and regulations.

Records Maintained by the Naval Safety Center (NSC):

The Naval Safety Center (NSC) is the custodian and designated release authority for all Safety Investigation Report (SIR) involving the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps which were conducted pursuant to OPNAVINST 3750.6R and OPNAV INSTRUCTION 5102.1D. The Commander, Naval Safety Center is the Initial Denial Authority (IDA) for all requests for information concerning these mishap reports.

Aviation Mishap Reports:

NSC maintains aviation mishap records dating back to January 1, 1973. Aviation records prior to January 1, 1973, identified by the Navy as permanent records, have been forwarded to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Please send all request for these records to:

Director Naval History And Heritage Command
Naval Warfare Division
805 Kidder Breeze SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060
Fax Number: (202) 433-2343

Afloat and Ashore Mishap Reports:

NSC maintains records regarding Afloat or Ashore mishaps dating back to May 21, 1969. It also maintains records regarding Marine ground mishaps dating back to October 1, 1987.

Naval Safety Center FOIA Service Center

FOIA requestors who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with the NSC FOIA Service Center should contact the Center at (757) 444-3520 Ext. 6055 or e-mail

If you are not satisfied with the response from the Center, you may contact the DON FOIA Public Liaison at (202) 685-0412 or email

How To Make A FOIA Request:

For information on how to file a FOIA request your may visit our FAQ page or send us an e-mail at

Submit a FOIA Request

To submit a FOIA request to the Naval Safety Center, click here.

FOIA Reading Room

Naval Safety Center's Reading Room

Contact Us

Naval Safety Center
Attn: FOIA Service Center
375 A Street
Norfolk, VA 23511-4399
Telephone: (757) 444-3520 ext. 6055


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Contact Info: 757-444-3520 Ext: 6055 | POC: Last Revision: February 25, 2014